Bulletin Staff Report
CLYDE — The Brownwood Lady Lions notched their fourth straight victory, equaled last season’s win total and secured a spot in the Clyde tournament championship game with their eighth triumph of the season Friday night.
The Lady Lions fought back from a seven-point first-period deficit — where they mustered just two points — to defeat Clyde for the second time this season, 36-35.
Brownwood (8-4), which has reeled off wins in eight of its last 10 games, tallied its initial victory of the season against Clyde, 54-31, at Warren Gym on Nov. 17.
The Lady Lions were 0-12 at this point last season en route to an 8-22 campaign.
In Friday’s victory, Kelsey Gober blocked the potential winning shot by Clyde and Brownwood scooped up the rebound. The Lady Lions were unable to convert the front end of a one-and-one at the other end, but Clyde was unable to attempt another shot with just two seconds remaining.
Down 9-2 after one quarter, the Lady Lions trimmed the deficit to 19-15 by halftime and took a 28-25 advantage into the fourth period.
Patricia Wilson poured in 20 points to lead the Lady Lions, who turned the ball over just two times and recorded 10 steals. Sydnie Darden and Trinity Ansons added five points each, Kelsey Gober scored three points, Amanda Gober chipped in two and Sara Byrd finished with one point and four steals.
The Lady Lions will face Class 2A No. 10 Ballinger for the second time in as many weekends in today’s 6 p.m. title game. Brownwood’s last loss came at the hands of Ballinger, 37-25, at the Ballinger tournament last weekend.
Clyde 63, Lions 43
CLYDE — The Brownwood Lions were denied a spot in the Clyde tournament championship game as they fell to the tournament host Clyde Bulldogs, 63-43, Friday night.
The Lions (3-5) will wrap up tournament play at 4 p.m. against Comanche in the third-place game.
Brownwood trailed 12-10 after one quarter Friday, 29-22 at halftime and 41-33 through three periods.
Graylon Brown and Derek Longoria scored 10 points each to pace the Lions, followed by nine from Marquos Barnes, seven from Greg Jefferson, four from Michael Ballejo, two from Christian Lang and one point from Chris Cotton.